This month the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) reported that distracted driving is the top cause of youth vehicle accidents. Over the past five years 34% of young drivers 16 – 21 years old involved in crashes resulting in injuries or deaths were distracted.
While young women were less likely than young men to be involved in a crash, when women were in an accident it was most often because they were distracted drivers, says ICBC.
On average 39 young people are killed and 7,100 are injured in vehicle accidents each year in BC. Increasingly the cause of the crashes is driving while texting, talking and being online.